Emily Ratajkowski is on the cover of the latest issue of Glamour
, and she wrote an essay discussing her experiences with sexism, specifically in relation to expressing any political thoughts.On being harassed online after speaking at a Bernie Sanders rally:
"After posting a picture of myself at the rally and a video of my speech about Bernie’s positions on equal pay, maternity leave, and economic inequality, I was trolled heavily. Commenters said I had 'an excess of beauty and lack of brain' and told me to 'shut up and show us your tits.' But I was also criticized in a very specific way— for seeking attention. They wrote me off as 'a desperate attention whore,' saying I was taking part in the conversation only because everybody else was too."On always being accused of doing things with an ulterior motive:
"As women we are accused of seeking attention more than men are, whether for speaking out politically, as I did, for dressing a certain way, or for even posting a selfie. Our culture has a double standard that runs so deep, many women have actually built up an automatic defense—attempting to be a step ahead of potential critics by making sure we have 'real' reasons for anything we say or do."
"Our society asks us to declare and defend our motivations, which makes us second-guess them, all while men do what they please without question. I see it all the time, particularly when my girlfriends are getting ready to go out. They encounter this moment when they think, I don’t want to look like I tried too hard. They don’t want to be seen as desperate or vain. But my guy friends don’t think twice about whether this shirt or that cologne will make them seem attention seeking. The truth is that both groups want to be noticed. Yet we view a man’s desire for attention as a natural instinct; with a woman, we label her a narcissist."( Collapse )( Collapse )
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